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3 Ways to Help a Homesick Transferee

If you have moved a lot of transferees, or have had the experience of working closely with one, you should know that they are going through a major transition. Even the most positive of transferees go through bouts of homesickness, or general emotional discomfort, as a result of rapid changes and unfamiliar territory. Feeling homesick is a perfectly normal and almost always inevitable.

Five Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July Abroad

 

It’s easy to get swept up in the fun of Fourth of July celebrations here in the states. Who doesn’t love a day off and a BBQ with fireworks to top it all off? But it’s important to consider your Fourth of Julyemployees who may find themselves out of the country during a purely American holiday for the first time. Many expats will face a common challenge this year: How can they celebrate Independence day without coming across as culturally insensitive in their new home? As an assignee, it’s important that your employee considers their surroundings when planning any sort of celebration.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Happy Thanksgiving from us here at XONEX to you and yours! Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what we Happy Thanksgivinghave and to help those that may not have quite as much. It is also a time to feast and over indulge on traditional meals and desserts.

 
But being in the relocation industry, we know that not everybody will be home for the holidays this year. Some of your expats may be trying to celebrate and honor their American traditions abroad while others will be embracing their new culture and making compromises. Either way, we hope that your transferees, whether at home or abroad, will enjoy their holiday season in their new surroundings as well!

Happy Holidays from XONEX Relocation

Trees are up, candles are lit and lights are flickering about town. It’s that time of year again.

From all of us at XONEX Relocation, we wish you all a very happy holiday season and a fantastic New Year! 

The Benefits of Relocating Transferees in December

I know that your busy relocation season is usually over the summer. Your transferees’ kids are out of school, so moving them to a new city is easier without having to pull them from the middle of a school year. But companies change and grow all year long.  Business doesn’t stop because of winter weather or holidays – at least not for more than a few days. While your company may not relocate quite as many people over the winter months and the holiday season, that doesn’t mean you don’t have transferees mid-move, looking for a new home in a new city. Luckily, there are several benefits to both relocating and buying a home at the end of the year.

Our Favorite Articles on Helping Expats Celebrate the Holidays

This is my favorite time of year. I actually started the Christmas music weeks ago in an effort to prolong a very short holiday season. Between work and a rigorous school program, however, I haven’t really been able to sink into the festivities. For a die-hard holiday fan, this is a bit of a bummer! But, then I think of all the expats abroad who may not have a chance to celebrate with their loved ones and I realize how lucky I am to be close enough to family to enjoy the day. Or even in a country that supports holiday traditions for a variety of beliefs and customs.

‘Twas the Night Before…

‘Twas the night before the offer, when all through the house
Not a care in the world for my family and spouse.
Plans for dinner with friends, I take time to prepare
Instructions for the sitter who soon will be there.

How to Celebrate July 4th Abroad

It’s hard to believe that July 4th is right around the corner. We are pretty excited about it here at XONEX Relocation. We tend to be a patriotic bunch, which makes it all the more fun.

But, as I start to make my own plans for next week, I can’t help but think about all of the families who are on international assignments right now. Wholly-American holidays such as July 4th, or Thanksgiving, can be difficult to celebrate in foreign countries – and that can make expatriates feel disconnected and homesick. As such, we do get ask about how to celebrate July 4th abroad, so I thought I’d share some common questions and answers:

How to Help Transferees Beat the Holiday Blues

Driving home from work this evening, it hit me.  The holidays are here. Lights are strung up on the storefronts and the radio was playing the latest version of “Home for the Holidays.” Surely, this is one of my favorite times of year. I love being surrounded by friends and family and, as I pulled into my driveway, I found myself more excited than usual to see my boys.

Can You Buy a Turkey in China?

Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday in the history of holidays. Anything that involves food, friends and wine is up my alley, but there is definitely something special about this day – and it’s not just my Mom’s sausage stuffing (although I’m sure people could write songs about it).  Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on this great country and give back to the community, while also spending much needed quality time with loved ones. It just doesn’t get better than that for me.

Recently, I was chatting with colleagues about some of the international relocations we are managing and it dawned on me: How will they celebrate this year? Can you buy a turkey in China?!

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RICK CALANNI
VP of Business Development Northeast Region

 

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